Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!

Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We provide simple, meaningful, secular (non-religious) humanist marriage ceremonies in Toronto, legally equivalent to a 'civil ceremony' or 'justice of the peace' wedding, for couples looking for a personal alternative to a 'City Hall' wedding.

See FAQ: HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING: How to get your license, find a location, legal requirements, witnesses, the process of 'signing the papers', or 'registering a wedding' and how to apply for your CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE REGISTRATION. See the Toronto Registry link for information on a MARRIAGE LICENSE and MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (online application, hours & location, fee, divorced applicants, IDs required, etc.)

Mary is licensed as a Marriage Officiant by the Registrar General of Ontario, and the Ontario Humanist Society (and has performed over 1200 weddings)
HUMANISM is an ethical philosophy of secular living, stating we all share a duty of care, to lead ethical lives of compassion and respect, for each other, and for the world we all share. Humanist Wedding Ceremonies are simple, meaningful, non-religious legal marriage ceremonies written specifically for each couple, which reflect your wishes, your values, and your story. We also provide humanist ceremonies for baby-namings, memorials, and other life events.


Toronto Wedding Venues - discussion on Chowhound

Sometimes couples discuss wedding planning and venues on Bride-y websites (you know, ze knot, bridezilla, etc.).  But for foodies, the discussion threads on Canadian ChowHound are fun - they talk about the catering and food, not just the decorations.  Most of the places people chat about are downtown Toronto locations where we've held the ceremony first, and then cocktails and dinner on-site.

The usual suspects are on the list - Canoe, St Lawrence Hall, Berkeley, SteamWhistle, ROM, (no one has mentioned the Royal Conservatory yet, which I enjoy as a venue), Distillery Restaurants, and the 'event' mansions - such as Graydon Hall, McLean House, -- and the discussion includes the food at places like the Gladstone Hotel, where we were today with about 80 people - wonderful wedding!

Posters also compare service and pricing - from Carlu to 1King West, etc.  There are a few unusual listings, such as the Ballet School Atrium, but not too many restaurants on the boards.  Most couples in the threads are looking for larger weddings (100-200), though some restaurants can squeeze in 80-100 (like Terroni, in the side room), but you may have to consider event spaces (Berkeley, Arcadian Court, St Lawrence Hall) for larger groups. 

Fun to find discussions of menus, especially this discussion about a specific menu (Canadian, Chinese, Indian) and how it was developed.  Yum!

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